Republicans and Thanksgiving turkeys


This involves the great turkey pardon of 2014. At this point, I can only shake my head in disgust:

The examples of the GOP’s reflexive opposition to President Obama’s agenda are many but this may be the best one yet: By a 27 point margin, Republicans say they disapprove of the President’s executive order last year pardoning two Thanksgiving turkeys (Macaroni and Cheese) instead of the customary one. Only 11% of Republicans support the President’s executive order last year to 38% who are opposed — that’s a pretty clear sign that if you put Obama’s name on something GOP voters are going to oppose it pretty much no matter what. Overall there’s 35/22 support for the pardon of Macaroni and Cheese thanks to 59/11 support from Democrats and 28/21 from independents.

Yeah, I know you don’t believe this. But check out the data at Public Policy Polling. Here’s the link.

And here’s a photo of one of the lucky turkeys, Cheese:


According to the Allentown Morning Call last year:

Mac is a “feather shaker” who weighs in at 47 pounds and boasts a melodious gobble that has a hint of bluegrass, #TeamMac supporters within the White House confirmed.

Cheese is a “grand champion” who weights in at 49 pounds and has a gobble that manages to be both romantic and has a country ring, #TeamCheese White House aides said.

The 2015 White House turkey pardon is tomorrow. One turkey, named Tom One, from California has already been chosen to be spared the roaster. If I were Obama, I’d pardon three this year, just to piss the turkeys (the GOP, not the fowl) off even more.

Rubio, Cruz and their effort to ban refugees

So Ted Cruz, the son of Cuban refugees, says the risk of Islamic militants infiltrating the refugee population is too high for America to accept them with open arms.

And Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants says that the U.S. shouldn’t take in more refugees from Syria because there’s no way to run a background check on them.

Let’s take a little side trip through history, 1976 to be exact, from the New York Times (via the Rude Pundit):

“Nine Cuban refugees are to go on trial here Monday in the murder of Luciano Nieves, an exile leader who had advocated a United States dialogue with Cuba. The case, in which four other suspects are still at large, will focus new attention on Miami’s Cuban terrorists, who are a major force in the city’s Latin-American community, according to the authorities. …

“Their political goal has been to prevent what they view as an impending rapprochement between the United States and Cuba…Despite their limited numbers, the terrorists have had a major impact on south Florida. In the last three years, more than 100 bombs have exploded in Miami. At the height of the campaign, there were 10 blasts in a 24-hour period, including one outside the local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one in Miami police headquarters, and a third in the office of the State Attorney.”

So according to Cruz and Rubio, Ted and Marco shouldn’t be in the United States because the risk of Cuban militants infiltrating the refugee population was too high for America to accept them, and the U.S. shouldn’t have taken refugees from Cuba because there was no way to run a background check on them.

So long, guys.  Here’s some travel information. Don’t let the door at customs hit you on the butt on your way out.

Some very strange views on discrimination

Anything new in the world of delusion?

In a new poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on Tuesday, a whopping 43 percent of Americans told researchers that discrimination against whites has become as large a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups. And an even bigger share of Americans — 53 percent — told pollsters American culture and “way of life” have mostly changed for the worse since 1950.

Do they even have a clue of what life was like in the 1950s and earlier?


Are they offended because they can’t do this openly anymore?


Are they saying this is not as bad as what they are experiencing today?


Who exactly is saying that discrimination against whites has become as large a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups?


So, it’s the usual suspects.

Don’t want to live like a refugee


There’s an idiot in Roanoke, Va., who says all Syrian refugees should be rounded up and placed in internment camps, like the United States did in World War II with the Japanese.

Apparently he thinks that was a good thing. And he’s the mayor and a Democrat.

And of course, we have this:


Stupid is contagious. Because we’ve had refugee problems throughout history, and our record has been less than admirable. Years ago, there was an ethnic group trying to get to the United States to get away from rampaging murderous bastards. And this is how we responded:


The results of the poll illustrated above by the useful Twitter account @HistOpinion were published in the pages of Fortune magazine in July 1938. Fewer than 5 percent of Americans surveyed at the time believed that the United States should raise its immigration quotas or encourage political refugees fleeing fascist states in Europe — the vast majority of whom were Jewish — to voyage across the Atlantic. Two-thirds of the respondents agreed with the proposition that “we should try to keep them out.”

Are the Republicans still debating?


I’ve lost track, again. Who’s the flavor of the week in the field today? Last I heard, it was the guy who was upset that no one believes him when he says he attacked someone with a rock, attacked his mother with a hammer and attacked his friend with a knife. Because, apparently, he’s made an assumption that Republican voters admire violent psychopaths?

But in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson:

“When you make an assumption, you make an ass out of you and umption.”

Kentucky Maps That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Drink Moonshine Until He’s Blind

I’m still trying to figure out how poor people in bad health in Kentucky decided they wanted a Republican governor who promised to take away their health insurance.

The Rude Pundit explained it to me:

So people who have less than nothing would rather have their cancer go untreated than take Medicaid from a Negro or allow two people of the same sex to get married. That is about as delusional and pathetic as it gets and, frankly, so gut-level, depressingly dumb that, on his crueler days, the Rude Pundit thinks it’d be just fine for them all to get sick and die and raise the intelligence of the species just a bit. Hell, they pretty much just admitted that they’re cool with that.

But here’s the thing: The country will not move forward without an appeal to the gut-level stupid. Forget the fucked-in-the-brain-by-religion crowd. They’re out of reach. But there is a contingent of the rural poor that can be reached and can be brought into the fold. It’s just been too long without any real effort to do so, not during the Reagan or Bush or Clinton or Bush II years and not as much as needed during the Obama administration.

Sure, it’d be easy to say, “Well, let ’em freeze to death in a ditch with their single tooth.” Except for shit like this very election, shit that keeps happening, that happened in 2014, too, shit that has an effect on the House of Representatives, for instance. That has to do with the lives of you and, more importantly, the Rude Pundit.

The stupid people aren’t going away. We just haven’t figured out how to make them less stupid.

Here’s a map of the election results. Typical blue and red designations:

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And here’s a map of where Medicaid is used the most in the state. The more brown, the more Medicaid:

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So most of the places that rely on Medicaid thought it was a good idea to vote for the guy who said he would get rid of the healthcare they rely on. That means they are more likely to die. That’s what getting rid of the state exchange means.

And they knew that’s what he was going to do. I voted in the Kentucky election and I saw the ads. It wasn’t something Matt Blevin, the Republican governor-elect, was trying to sneak through.

So what’s drove them to vote for that? The Washington Post took a look at that today:

Dennis Blackburn has this splintered self-interest. The 56-year-old mechanic hasn’t worked in 18 months, since he lost his job at a tire company that supplies a diminishing number of local coal mines. “The old guy had to go home,” Blackburn says of his layoff.

He has a hereditary liver disorder, numbness in his hands and legs, back pain from folding his 6-foot-1-inch frame into 29-inch mine shafts as a young man, plus an abnormal heart rhythm — the likely vestige of having been struck by lightning 15 years ago in his tin-roofed farmhouse.

Blackburn was making small payments on an MRI he’d gotten at Pikeville Medical Center, the only hospital in a 150-mile radius, when he heard about Big Sandy’s Shelby Valley Clinic. There he met Fleming, who helped him sign up for one of the managed-care Medicaid plans available in Kentucky.

On Election Day, Blackburn voted for Bevin because he is tired of career politicians and thought a businessman would be more apt to create the jobs that Pike County so needs. Yet when it comes to the state’s expansion of health insurance, “it doesn’t look to me as if he understands,” Blackburn said. “Without this little bit of help these people are giving me, I could probably die. . . . It’s not right to not understand something but want to stamp it out.”

I don’t know what to say. The guy just signed his own death warrant. He doesn’t realize that Blevin fully understands what he’s doing. This isn’t a case of a politician being misguided, because he absolutely believes the poor are moochers and are better off dead.

Maybe it’s for the best. Sometimes, you’ve got to thin out the herd.

Matt Blevin Source: Kentucky Maps That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Drink Moonshine Until He’s Blind